Farobag Cooper

Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL

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Farobag teaches: Females 3 to 90
Males 4 to 90
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1981
Last sign in: Yesterday


Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.

A double graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.

Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.

Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.

Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !

Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.

A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

*** CD's***
Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501
Salut D'Amour, Triton Sound, TS 9014
Epiphanies1, The Halford Company

Photos and Videos

Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra



Jan 2007 - Present
The Music Connection

Instruction in piano, violin and voice in Orland Park and Frankfort locations.


Jun 2003 - Dec 2005

Quarterly journal on Zoroastrian culture and history disseminated throughout the world.


Sep 1977 - May 1980
University of Rochester

Teaching Assistant in Calculus, Statistics, and accompanist for voice classes at the Eastman School of Music.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Sep 1975 - May 1980
University of Rochester

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Sep 1975 - May 1980
Eastman School of Music

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Securities licensing

Mar 2001

Series 7 (general securities representative)
Series 24 (general securities principal)
Series 53 (municipal securities principal)

Usui Reiki Master

Nov 2000
Oshama Health Service

Chartered Financial Consultant

Oct 1999
The American College



IMPACT- Unleach the Spark Within

Sep 2007
Zoroastrian Society of Ontario

2004 Excellence in Performing Arts or Literature

Dec 2004


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

May 2012

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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27 Reviews on Farobag C.

Sara May 11, 2016
Singing · In home
I have had the pleasure of taking vocal lessons from Mr. Cooper for about 2 years now, as well as starting Suzuki piano not too long ago. He is a gifted teacher who truly has a passion for teaching and love for music! Not only has he improved my aural skills, but he has helped me understand music on a much deeper level! My knowledge of technique and overall musicianship has improved drastically while taking lessons with him. Mr. Cooper has challenged me and broadened my musical horizons. He has helped me advance and learn new technique on the piano, as well as expanding my vocal range and performance skills. I would highly recommend him!
Tracy May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
I truly feel Mr. Farobag is one of the best-kept secrets in the south suburbs . He is an AMAZING teacher who shares his knowledge and passion for music with his students. My daughter has been taking lessons for 5 months, and we are very pleased with her progression. I would highly recommend Mr. Farobag to students of all ages.
James Fitzpatrick Mar 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice first lesson.
Caleigh M. Mar 3, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He is very intelligent about teaching music.Wonderful teacher listen and learn he has alot to offer .
Donna P. Jan 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Farobag has taught our boys the piano and violin utilizing the Suzuki method. He is a true gentleman and an amazing teacher. I cannot say enough about him. We have had several instructors and Mr. Farobag far exceeds our expectations. We are very lucky to have found him. Mr. Farobag understands the pace of each child and knows how to motivate the student to exceed his expectations. Hiring Farobag has not only given us a superb instructor but a great teacher as well. He is very intelligent and kind and his lessons can be applied far beyond the keys of the piano. My kids always look forward to seeing Mr. Farobag.
Cassie Dec 9, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Both my daughters age 7 and age 10 have been taking lessons with Mr. Cooper for almost 2 years. We cannot say enough good things about him. Specifically, my older daughter has had 3 other teachers before Mr. Cooper, but has progressed leaps and bounds since starting with Mr. Cooper. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a perfectionist, and I find that my daughters are always eager to go to lessons, and more importantly to practice throughout the week!
Brian Phillips Nov 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher!! I started singing lessons 3 weeks ago and extremely happy with Mr.Cooper. He is very knowledgeable and patient!! I highly recommend him if you are thinking about taking lessons!!
Nicole Nov 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Mr. Cooper is an extremely talented, knowledgeable, and respectful teacher. Being taught by him is such a positive experience because of his caring, sincere personality. Mr. Cooper goes above and beyond the expectations of a music coach by having such a contagious passion for music. Mr. Cooper has assisted me in becoming a more educated singer in ways I never had imagined possible. It is evident that he truly fine tunes each lesson to fit your individual needs. There is absolutely nothing bad to be said about him, and I highly recommend him as an instructor!
Carlithe Nov 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son (eight years old) has been taking piano lessons from Mr. Cooper for one year now and has made great improvement in his piano playing. With Mr. Cooper, he is just not learning to play, but also learning to add emotion to his playing, having musicality. Mr. Cooper has been extremely patient with my son even during times when I know my son is getting frustrated or losing focus. It is evident that Mr. Cooper loves what he does and shares that passion with his students. I highly recommend Mr. Cooper! I’m even thinking about adding voice lessons for my son with Mr. Cooper if our schedule permits.
Linda Nov 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Mr. Farobag did a great job with my daughter! He was extremely flexible with his schedule, and has a great demeanor with children. He is patient and even tempered.

It's an added bonus that he would come to our home - no more lugging the kids to the facility for lessons!

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